(NewsGlobal.com)- While hiking in Utah, a 17-year-old Nevadan tragically fell off a cliff to his death. It was the second tragedy in the region within the last eight days.
According to the Hurricane City Police Department, Conly Warren Ruff slipped from a cliff, resulting in his death. By 5:30 p.m. local time, emergency services were called and arrived within minutes, but the boy had already died.
Those who knew Conly best praised his adventurous nature and the fact that he was happiest while working outdoors. Conly grew up in the Utah town of LaVerkin, where he attended Hurricane High.
Reports show a similar tragedy in early February claimed the life of a hiker named Zoe McKinney when she fell 30 feet from a cliff along a path in eastern Utah.
Days before, 17-year-old Zoe McKinney was hiking with a group of friends on the Moab Rim route in the vicinity of Kane Creek when she lost her footing in what the authorities have described as a deep-cliffed region.
During halftime of the varsity basketball game at Grand County High School that evening, McKinney was due to receive an award.
According to Moab Police Department Assistant Chief Lex Bell, the city will mourn her passing.
According to the Bureau of Land Management website, the Moab Rim Trail is a difficult and well-known Jeep path that is also popular with hikers.
Along the path, the trail ascends to an overlook over the Moab Valley, Arches National Park, and the typically snow-covered LaSal Mountains. The neighboring Hidden Valley Trail may be utilized to create a loop with this trail segment.
The climb employs the Kayenta sandstone Slickrock ramps. The route arrives at a vantage point overlooking Moab Valley.
To go between the two enormous Navajo Sandstone Domes, you may follow a path traveling south and descend into a Slickrock region. It follows a wash bottom before climbing a substantial sand slope.
A colossal ridge of enormous sandstone fins dominates the southern terrain. The principal road departs the intersection and falls into a wash before ascending to the east and terminating right before the Hidden Valley pass.